missrosie849

Q:

I have symptoms that lead me to believe I may be developing diabetes. I know I need to see my doctor. In the meantime, will a glucose meter be beneficial to me? Can it tell me whether or not I have a problem?

Patty Bonsignore

A:

Home blood glucose monitoring is helpful to follow how you are doing once you have been diagnosed with either diabetes or pre-diabetes. It will not tell you whether you have diabetes directly. If you have symptoms, it’s best to talk to your healthcare provider. If one does not have diabetes, his or her blood glucose level usually never goes above 140 after eating or above 100 if they have not eaten in several hours. A blood glucose meter can give you an estimate if you are running high, but as stated above, it cannot diagnose diabetes and it is not as accurate as a blood test done in a doctor’s office.

December 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm

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